Spring is in the air and Wilcox Park is abuzz with dog walkers on their daily stroll, youngsters toddling over to pat the Runaway Bunny, couples taking in the romantic scenery from a favorite bench, families counting fish in the pond, and friends catching up on a lunch-break walk. Immersed i…

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In these trying times, I am sure many of you have recently lost your job. Whether you work in restaurants, movie theaters, retail stores or at the casinos, the economic downturn from the coronavirus has certainly affected everyone, some worse than others. All you need to do is watch the nigh…

I came away depressed after reading the newspaper. I saw bad news was everywhere. Gas lines were forming up and down the East Coast due to a computer hack on the Colonial Pipeline. The number of migrant children at the border was reaching tens of thousands and no one seems to have an answer.…

With the expected influx of $1.78 billion in federal aid from the American Rescue Plan, some would say there is no longer a need to raise any taxes. However, the point of our legislation to raise the income tax of the top 1% is not to address the coronavirus recession. That’s the job of the …

William I of Germany remarked on his death bed, “I have no time to be tired.” But often people suffer from being tired and having low energy years before they leave this planet. For some with fatigue, a prescription for 8-hours-daily use of a pillow is the best treatment. But over three mill…

Westerly Library and Wilcox Park is so excited to announce the official launch of our Seed Library! This project has been in making for quite some time, and we are thrilled that it has finally become a reality. Read on for answers to all your “Whos, Whats, and Whys,” and then come down for a…

National Public Radio has been celebrating the 50th anniversary of its first original on-air broadcast (on May 3, 1971), and among the prominent celebrants are the women deemed the “Founding Mothers of NPR” — Susan Stamberg, Nina Totenberg and Linda Wertheimer. The fourth “Founding Mother,” …

One of the most challenging issues to deal with as a caregiver of a loved one with Alzheimer’s/dementia is that of driving. Perhaps you’ve noticed some early warning signs that suggest it’s time to think about having “the talk” or, worse, taking immediate action. Have they gotten lost recent…

The 4-mile ride up the mountain was filled with twists and turns. On one side of the road there was a cliff. My daughter, Sarah, was driving. The drop was on her side so it didn’t bother me. I couldn’t see over the edge. Of course, if either side of the car went over, we’d both be in trouble…

Everywhere, people are fed up with enforced isolation. While adhering to stay-at-home orders at the urging of public health officials and in empathy with frontline health-care workers, the restrictions are taking a toll on the physical and mental wellbeing of all. While senior citizens can b…

As the month of May begins, we often jump straight into preparing for Mother’s Day (May 9), or perhaps Cinco de Mayo (May 5, as always), but there’s another commemorative day that shouldn’t be overlooked … Star Wars Day on May 4! May the Fourth be with you!

Your local firefighters care about your safety and want to make sure that you have options when a fire occurs in your home. A fire extinguisher is an excellent option. Fire extinguishers are relatively inexpensive and may mean the difference between a small fire that is easily extinguished a…

I looked down and was mortified. I thought I had gotten rid of it but it was still there. It was visible so that anyone could see it. I had the stain on my hands. My mind began racing. What would people think? Would they laugh? Would they think less of me? What could I do to assuage my guilt…

COVID-19 has been the most convincing argument for Rhode Island to invest in high-speed internet, or dedicated broadband. Whether for remote working from home, distance learning or telehealth, broadband access must be reliable, fast and affordable. You wouldn’t buy a house or relocate your b…

Those of us “of an age” remember Paul McCartney’s first band and one of their most hopeful and optimistic songs. At a literal level, it may have seemed to be about the positivity we all feel when winter’s cold grip gives way to warmth and sunshine. “Here Comes the Sun” may, however, provide …

During the manic solar energy gold rush that has occurred over the past five years, there have been 33 commercial solar energy proposals in Hopkinton — more than any other Rhode island town — including projects that would have been among the largest in New England.

While the current pandemic holds a firm grip on everyone’s attention, another killer may be getting a stronger foothold on us — and chances are, women will continue to pay a higher price. Coronary heart disease is already a leading disease for women and men. Common sense suggests the situati…

Who tuned in to the 93rd Academy Awards last night? I’m writing this on April 20th and have zero psychic abilities, so I have no idea of the outcome … but that’s OK. Personally, I’m more into the weeks preceding the event, and what I’ll call the “Rabbit Hole of the Oscars.” I like reading ab…

Readers of The New Yorker were treated in the April 19, 2021, issue to reminisces by its renowned staff writer John McPhee about his fits and false starts during his long career. Now 90, he’s been associated with the New Yorker since 1963, a staff writer since 1965 and author of some 29 book…

The Veterans of Foreign Wars announced it has joined forces with Team Red, White & Blue (Team RWB) through a memorandum of understanding focused on increasing veterans’ access to a combined health and wellness network while offering camaraderie and support from fellow service members, ve…

When I learned who was calling, my first thought was, “I know what she wants.” I picked up the phone and expected her to ask about gift cards to help with groceries. It turns out I couldn’t have been more wrong. She had called to ask for prayer. It was the first time she had done that. Her l…

It was with a deep sense of sadness and disbelief that I read the lead article in the April 15 edition of The Westerly Sun, entitled “Westerly councilors take stand against state gun bills.” According to this article, at least six members of the seven-member Town Council voted to approve a l…

I want to set the record straight on Hopkinton’s Chapter 247 of the Farm Viability Ordinance as it relates to commercial ground-mounted solar in Hopkinton. I have heard from people saying that some of us on the council are being unfair to farmers and that we do not understand their struggle.…

King Henry VIII of England offers an excellent example of how too much wine, rich food and obesity trigger the agony of gout. But why did Leonardo da Vinci, Sir Isaac Newton, and Benjamin Franklin, to name a few, develop this excruciating disease? And how can you decrease the risk?

Lady Bird Johnson, First Lady of the United States from 1963 to 1969, said “The environment, after all, is where we all meet, where we all have a mutual interest. It is one thing that all of us share. It is not only a mirror of ourselves, but a focusing lens on what we can become.” April 22 …

At some point, even the healthiest and most independent among us may face a period of incapacity, be it from illness, injury or even old age. There may very well come a time when you can no longer handle your own business and financial affairs due to incapacity or incompetency, whether perma…

There was something cathartic about sitting on the carrying beam while staining the rails on our deck. I had the radio on. I was listening to my favorite music. I went up and down with the brush. Up one side and down the other. I spent three hours one day and two-and-a-half the next. I felt …

Some vitamins don’t get the attention they deserve. Ask anyone about vitamin K2 and few people can give an answer. In “Vitamin K2: The Missing Nutrient for Heart and Bone Health,” Dr. Dennis Goodman says ignoring vitamin K2 can be dangerous. So here are some important points to help you unde…

It’s been awhile since we’ve written about book recommendations, and our New Book section is absolutely bursting with shiny materials just waiting to be checked out. Whether you want a book to relax on the porch with, or something to help guide you through your spring to-do list (after all, …

As president and CEO of L+M and Westerly hospitals, I know firsthand how difficult these past 15 months have been for our communities. I also feel optimism growing from the impact of vaccines and lower positivity rates. We are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel because of the extraord…

Well spring has sprung, or at least it’s trying, and the warm weather and the opportunity to get back outside is just around the corner. You don’t need me to tell you that this past year has been one for the ages. At the risk of using an overused phrase, hopefully all of this will soon be in…

Have you ever felt that you got into something and were in over your head? The Chief said that last week’s training was going to be a practical exercise. He explained that this was going to simulate an actual scenario that we might meet on a future call. He told us to be ready to work up a s…

Everyone knows that I am a strong constitutionalist. I believe in the U. S. Constitution and I believe in the Bill of Rights. I believe that they are some of the greatest writings in the history of mankind, because if followed, they guarantee that Americans will always be a free people. We a…

Despite teaching and learning during a global pandemic, the Westerly High School faculty and staff have continued to provide amazing opportunities for students. Beginning with Class of 2021, students will begin receiving endorsements on their high school diplomas. At a recent School Committe…

The American Library Association (ALA) has celebrated National Library Week since 1958 as a way of recognizing the contributions of libraries and their staff and to highlight the many resources they provide. This year, National Library Week takes place from April 4-10, and the theme is “Welc…

Poets’ Corner in Stonington Cemetery is a shady resting place for a garden variety of, at last count, some 20 literary folk, including poets, novelists, editors, historians, artists, biographers and essayists, as well as a children’s author, a travel and food writer, a drama critic and a rad…

Thinking about fire safety in the cold winter months may seem more sensible than during the warmer months of spring. However, fire safety experts say that just because spring has sprung does not mean we should be less vigilant about fire safety. Local residents are wondering what they should…

The smile on his face was ear to ear. “I have a gift for you,” he said. He was carrying a large potted plant when he met me at the back door at church. His wife said, “Tony thought you’d like this. He has one at home.” I asked what kind of plant it was. He told me it was a fig tree. “A fig t…

Libraries have been around, in some form or another, for literally thousands of years. The earliest libraries functioned largely as archives, to store important documents (back then, in the form of clay tablets). Over time they began to collect scholarly resources on all manner of subjects, …

Faced with the possibility of spending a lot of time in isolation because of COVID-19, my husband and I decided we would take a daily walk to get air, interaction with fellow walkers, and time away from home. We accomplished those goals, and a lot, lot more!

Few spring flowers are as beloved for their fragrance as hyacinths — pure and lilting yet not overpowering. Jewel-like colors adorn garden beds and fill pots to give as Easter or Mother’s Day gifts or just to bring home to perfume your rooms. Rich blues, purples and pinks are most popular bu…

There she was! Katie Marie Garland was standing at the bagel counter. As Liam Neeson grabbed his coffee in the movie “Taken 3,” she smiled and handed him his order. She didn’t even get one minute, never mind her 15 minutes of fame. Yet, as I thought about that scene, it struck me that so man…